DIY Pumpkin Pie

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DIY Pumpkin Pie

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Emma Dessau, Reporter

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Are you tired of store-bought desserts? Is Aunt Kim’s gelatin mold just not cutting it as the finale to your Thanksgiving feast? Is your family neglecting to provide any dessert at all?

Take matters into your own hands this holiday season by baking the perfect, homemade pumpkin pie. While this task may seem daunting to most amateur bakers, Martha Stewart’s got ya covered. Follow her recipe and tips to prepare a simply delicious homemade pie that you’ll be proud to whip out this Thanksgiving.

What you’ll need:

  • All-purpose flour, for surface
  • Paté Brisee (additional recipe available at http://www.marthastewart.com)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • Ground cloves
  • Whipped cream, for serving

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll paté brisee disk 1/8 inch thick, then cut into a 16-inch circle. Fit circle into a 9-inch deep-dish pie dish, leaving a 1-inch overhang. Fold edges under.
  2. Shape large, loose half circles at edge of dough, then fold into a wavelike pattern to create a fluted edge. Prick bottom of dough all over with a fork. Freeze for 15 minutes.
  3. Cut a circle of parchment, at least 16 inches wide, and fit into pie shell. Fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake until edges of crust begin to turn gold, about 15 minutes. Remove pie weights and parchment. Bake until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes more. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk pumpkin, sugar, cornstarch, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla, eggs, milk, and a pinch of cloves in a large bowl.
  5. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Transfer pie dish to a rimmed baking sheet, and pour pumpkin mixture into cooled crust. Bake until center is set but still a bit wobbly, 50 to 55 minutes. (If crust browns too quickly, tent edges with a strip of foil folded in half lengthwise.) Let cool in pie dish on a wire rack. Refrigerate until well chilled, at least 6 hours (preferably overnight). Serve chilled with whipped cream.
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